Comfort Dressing-Another Skater Dress

Comfort Dressing- Another Skater Dress
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Just a quick post today since it’s Back to School week here and I’m just getting back into the swing of things.  My oldest started kindergarten yesterday- I was more nervous than he was!- so it’s been a busy start to the week. It was so stressful driving him the first day, as requested, with the long lines (waiting about 30 minutes or so each way!) I’m so glad we’re only about a mile to school- we can walk faster than that.  It took us 15 minutes this morning- plus it’s great exercise!  Unless the weather is just horrible we’re walking!

Comfort Dressing- Another Skater Dress

 

I have a long list of projects going for the next few weeks as we get back into a school schedule.  I made Nigel a new AWESOME backpack- pics soon- and I’m working on two polo shirts for him from Blank Slate Patterns, refashioned out of my husbands old one’s. I also just realized I need more comfy clothes to wear to walk him to school.  It’s still super hot here and I don’t want to wear workout clothes/yoga pants to pick him up.  it’s about a mile walk so I really want to be comfortable but still stylish. My goal is to make a few pairs of very comfy capri’s to wear using one of the new patterns I purchased from Vogue’s pattern sale- Marcy Tilton’s V8499.

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In my new goal of comfortable dressing- here is one of my most recent makes another fabulous Lady Skater dress from Kitschy Coo!  I just love this pattern- I’ve made a few for me now and a ton for both kids as rashguards and the original dress.  You can see my earlier ikat dress here!  For this version I wanted the comfort of pj’s and the shape of one of my favorite RTW shirts with a high neck in front and low in back + 3/4 sleeves.  I altered the pattern slightly on the neckline plus added a bit to the length of the skirt so it hits my knees since I’m much more comfortable with that length especially playing with the kids.

Comfort Dressing- Another Skater Dress

 

I made this with my the same SunGuard UPF 50 knit fabric in Heather Royal that  I used for my son’s rashguard from Rockywoods Outdoor Fabric.  This fabric is just amazing.  So soft to the touch plus sun protection- you can’t beat that here in FL!  This dress is perfect- comfort + function and I can wear it to the beach or out and about and it can actually be worn front or backwards for a different look.

Comfort Dressing- Another Skater Dress

I just finished another swimsuit using the Centauree bodice from Deer and Doe in the same fabric + another rashguard using a Lekala dress pattern.  I’ll show it off next week!  Everything coordinates in the turquoise, royal blue and white-love it!  I was planning on taking pictures yesterday but decided I’d rather just relax and enjoy my special time with my daughter.  The best parts of being a Stay at Home Mom is that I get to spend all day with these cuties!  Yesterday my daughter and I enjoyed the day by going to Clam Pass Beach.  We walked the 1/2 mile shaded trail to the beach, played and then napped followed by lunch at the restaurant (The beach is adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria).  Then took the tram back- Ami’s fav!  Perfect day!

Comfort Dressing- Ami and I at the beach Centauree swim & Cosi swim

Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress

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Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

Oh how I LOVE this dress!  It so soft and comfy yet elegant at the same time.  It feels like I’m wearing yoga pants in dress form. I need more comfy makes like this one!  I made this back in July to wear for the 4th as my patriotic look but didn’t get around to taking pics of the dress until recently.

 

Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

 

Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

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Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress for Vogue Patterns,V8904

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Bobby Blues Stripe Knit Rayon Lycra 4 way Stretch- 3 yards from Marcy Tilton

I used the stripes crosswise and needed to piece my bottom layer using some creative cutting since I was short a 1/4 yd. Originally I was planning this fabric for a different project.  I altered the front bodice to make the base layer lower and didn’t connect the necklines for the two layers to make this dress breastfeeding accessible.

Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

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Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

This was a really fun dress to put together.  It’s constructed out of a base dress that you add the shingles to one at a time on angles.  I found it easiest to lay both pieces out on my table lined up together as I added my layers to keep everything lined up.   Marcy’s blog  has a really helpful post on laying out the dress too.   I cut all my pieces carefully to keep my stripes lined up perfectly and ended each layer at a white stripe since the edges are left unfinished.  I cut this in a size 14 so I would have plenty of room to take it in on the sides so it would stay fitted but not skin-tight.  I probably took off a good inch on each side.  The layers are stitched with a simple zig zag stitch across the top and basted on the sides and then the whole piece was serged together.

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I wasn’t short on inspiration for this make! My dress was originally inspired by an older Anthropologie dress I adore- I just reversed the colors since I don’t wear black often.  You can see it on my pinterest board that’s linked below.  Here are some other fabulous versions of the Marcy Tilton dress that you should definitely check out.  The shorter length  by Amy at Sew Well and  Sarah at Goodbye Valentino( I’m participating in her RTW fast!), Communing with Fabric‘s long sleeve wiggle version and Crafted by Carrie‘s two versions here and here.  Happy Sewing!

http://www.pinterest.com/RebeccaBurnett/spring-summer-sewing/

Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress, V8904 Sew Pomona

 

Sarah and Ava Swimsuit

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I love sewing swimwear!   Here’s my latest suit using two fabulous patterns from Ohhh Lulu , the Sarah Longline Bralette and the Ava Highwaist Panties.  This suit is so comfortable and supportive! Perfect since I’m always swimming with the kids who are usually hanging all over me in the water.  Also super easy to breastfeed in this top.  One of the reasons I wanted this pattern was for a nighttime nursing bra.  I just finished off a new rashguard using a Lekala dress pattern that is just awesome-stay tuned for that!

Sarah & Ava Swimwear-Ohhh Lulu, Sew Pomona

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

This was a pretty easy sew with easy to follow instructions.  Changes I made:  I used fabric cased elastic that I made for the straps instead of foldover elastic.  When I make this again as a bra I can see how fast this will be using the foldover.  My straps cross the back and then wrap around the side arm and up the front.  I used the bias technique from Deer & Doe’s Centauree dress (my previous makes, a swimsuit  and dress ) for attaching the straps.  My top is lined, in grey, by just cutting two pattern sets before sewing them together with cups inserted between the two layers (from an old swimsuit).  The bottoms were shortened at the waist by a good inch or two and then I added a foldover band with elastic to the top.

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

This is my most successful bathing suit so far.  Comfortable, supportive and pretty!  The fabric is an antique paisley swim print from The Fabric Fairy that I just love.  I cut all my pieces really carefully to match the paisley and take the suit from light to dark.  I focused on keeping the lightest colors in the center shading to dark on the sides and under the bust for a slimming effect.  My only complaint came from my son who doesn’t like that my swimsuits are so grey, he wants to see me in more color :)  It’s been hard to match my taste in prints with the colors they’re offered in.

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

Here in Florida we’re at the beach almost year round so I’m so happy I can sew my own suits now.  I can make my self a swimsuit for a fraction of the cost of the suits I was purchasing before.  My husband is so thrilled that my sewing has helped us save so much money already, even with  the occasional fabric splurges this past year.  We’re saving up for a much-needed house (we’re in a small condo that my husband bought before we met) and are almost at our down payment goal!!!  Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

Sarah & Ava Swimsuit, Ohhh Lulu, at Sew Pomona

Sheer Summer Wrap Pants #oonapalooza

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Phew!!!Done at the very last minute.  It’s August 1st, the last day of the Sewcialists Oonapalooza !  These pants took me a bit longer than planned. I had them all sewn up at the beginning of July but had to fix a few fit issues first.   My inspiration:  Oona‘s beautiful Simplicity Voile pants.  I love Oona’s energetic style and her bold choices.  Her posts always put a smile on my face! Check out Debbie over at Lily Sage and Co.‘s Oona inspired pants too, both so fabulous.Summer Wrap Pants-  Sew PomonaSummer Wrap Pants-   Sew PomonaSummer Wrap Pants-   Sew Pomona

I won this pattern, Summer Pants Lekala 4024, (along with 4 others of my choice) from Lekala and The Monthly Stitch for one of the Indie Pattern Month contests and wanted to give it a try.  This pair is my tester-a wearable muslin/beach pant.  I made these with a sheer curtain panel I got long ago on clearance for like $3 at World Market. I love the bold print!  Next time around I’ll double the waist band length for the ties ( I had to add on to each tie to make it as long as it is now) and add about 2 inches or so to the length and width so they wrap a little more.  Love that the pattern is made to measure.  They also have an attached short designed into the pattern for coverage and can wrap either in front or back.  I love the shape so I’ll be trying these in a more subtle print.  I’m thinking an organic voile that I’ll dye myself.

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Can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by with both kids at home all day.  Just two more weeks until the start of school!  My oldest is entering kindergarten so it will be just me and Ami.  She’s 3 so only one more year until preschool for her.  I’m looking forward to having a bit more time to myself to work on some dyeing and printing and maybe some embroidery.  It’s been easy to get sewing time in this summer, but harder to find time for complicated projects and blogging/commenting and keeping up with social media.  I try to not spend too much time on devices when I’m with the kids.  I have to remind myself they’re only little for such a short time where they need my full attention.

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Photobombed by little Ami!  Sorry if the pics are a bit overexposed.  It’s so hot and sunny here it’s been hard to get good pics at home lately.  Happy Summer!

 

KCW Wrap Up!

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I think this was my most successful KCW-Kids Clothes Week- so far!  I got everything on my list finished and the kids LOVE their new clothes!  Here’s what I made:

 Blouse R, Girls Style Book – with added front pleats- for Ami size 3 & KID Pants, MADE- altered to Capri’s and sized up- for Ami-   you can read more about these two makes here!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

 

  • Cosi Swimsuit, Sew Pony , View D- for Ami size 3

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Fabrics:  SunScreen UPF 50 Heather pink for the skirt, White UPF 50 for the suit, both from Rockywoods, and leftover kaleidoscope swim fabric from The Fabric Fairy for the ruffle straps.  Pattern Notes:  Cosi Swimsuit (from Sew Pony Vintage on Etsy) in size 3 view D.  I used the patterns hip ruffles to alter my straps and used a double panel on the skirt that I placed on the hip. Next time I’ll shorten my pattern slightly in the body.  Great basic swim pattern with tons of options.

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  • Skater, Kitschy Coo, altered to Boys Rashguard-for Nigel size 7-8Y &  Swim Trunks, McCalls 6548-for Nigel size 7

Skater Boys Rashguard- Sew Pomona

Rashguard Materials:  Heather Blue SunScreen UPF 50 4 way stretch from Rockywoods.  Pattern:  Girls Skater Dress (KitschyCoo) size 7/8.   Pattern Changes:  Modified to a rashguard top.  Added length to the bodice and widened the neckband.  My fav pattern for me and the kids!  Easy to make (less than an hour) and always looks great!  Plus so easy to modify :)

Swim Trunks Material:  Skull print boardshort material from The Fabric Fairy.  Pattern: McCall 6548 Size 7  Pattern Changes- None!  These shorts were easy to sew and fit!  I made these once before, last KCW and didn’t make them quite right, mainly because it was a refashion.  This time around I had no problems with the pattern.  I love the fold over front waistband that encloses everything giving a nice clean finish.

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  • Yoga pants, Jalie 3022-for Ami size 3

Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants for Ami- Sew Pomona

Pattern:  Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants size 3(G) (I won this pattern from The Pattern Postie from IPM over at The Monthly stitch!)  Materials:  SunScreen UPF 50 in Heather Pink and Turquoise from Rockywoods.  I LOVE this pattern!  It comes on one giant sheet that you can trace off and the sizes!  This goes from a 2 Toddler all the way up to a Women’s size 22!  I’ve already traced off my size and can’t wait to make them! The instructions are fabulous-the best I’ve seen so far.  Concise but easy to follow with nice illustrations.  These sewed up so easily- less than an hour and I love the seam details with all the topstitching!  I just discovered my edgestitch foot- can’t believe I hadn’t used it before!- and now my topstitching looks fab every time.  The fit is spot on, length was perfect on my tall girl.  And the fabric- this upf fabric is so soft and a dream to sew with.  I have it in three colorways-its just wonderful!

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My last make of the week- not clothes- is almost done too!  Nigel starts kindergarten in a little less than 3 weeks so I’m making him his backpack!  I’m using  McCalls 6410 in British/Nautical theme (My husband was born in England).

I got so much sewn this week- I’m amazed!  It helped that the kids were excited for new clothes that they were happy to watch me sew.  Hope everyone else had an amazing KCW!

KCW~ Sewing Plans and First Makes!

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This week  I’m  focused on sewing for my kids for KCW-Summer (Kids Clothes Week if you haven’t heard of it).  I have a long list of projects that I keep putting off  that really need to get done so the timing is perfect.  I have my projects all cut out and ready to go.  I spent the day Sunday prepping all my patterns, tracings and fabric and generally organizing my sewing space. Now I can just focus on enjoying the sewing hassle free this week during nap/quiet time.  Big thanks to Sew Modern fabrics- their shipping is awesome less than 3 days to get my fabric in the mail and such lovely choices-so I’m all set to sew.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

My sewing list for the week:

  • Blouse R, Girls Style Book – with added front pleats- for Ami size 3 {DONE!}
  • KID Pants, MADE- altered to Capri’s and sized up- for Ami {DONE!}
  • Cosi Swimsuit, Sew Pony , Views G & D- for Ami size 3
  • Skater, Kitschy Coo, altered to Boys Rashguard-for Nigel size 7-8Y
  • Swim Trunks, McCalls 6548-for Nigel size 6
  • Yoga pants, Jalie 3022-for Ami size 3
  • Backpack, McCalls 6410 (British/Nautical theme)-for Nigel

Not sure I’ll get to everything but It’s worth a try.  I’m not going to drive myself crazy with posting every day this go around, especially with the kids home all day.   I’ll just be posting today and maybe at the end of the week.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

So without further ado here’s what I’ve made the past two days- a complete super adorable look for Amelie. I  LOVE this fabric from Sew Modern!  The little girl having a tea party with the forest animals is just too cute!

Both Birch Organics: Teagan White-Fort Firefly – Field Party &  Emily Isabella – Yay Day – Grassy Meadow

  

The blouse(R) from Girl’s Style Book, went together very quickly.  I first altered my pattern to add two tucks to each side of the button placket.  I slashed and spread- super easy- and really like the effect.  I used french seams throughout and bound my neck and sleeves with some cute ribbon I won from Pattern Postie, keeping everything on the interior enclosed and soft to the skin. Reminder to self- don’t blindly follow the instructions!  They had you finish the side seams and then do a double fold over for the sleeves.  Since I used french seams it was just a pain in the neck.  My solution was to bind again with ribbon leaving two tails at the end and securing them on the outside with a stitched triangle.  It made them extra secure and kept the angle of the sleeve looking great. Ami picked out the sparkly pink  buttons-Every time we go to the fabric store she picks out a set- my way to make sure outfits get worn!   I’m amazed at the improvement in my sewing in just the past year.  This make is so much more professional looking!

The Capri’s are based of my Go-To pant pattern for the kids from MADE.  This pattern is easy to grade up to fit for both my kids  and I love the added pockets! Lots of options on her blog to customize the pattern too!  I shortened these to a Capri length and used my madder dyed fabric remnants from my Centauree Dress to make the pockets.  I topstitched in a teal color a little border of tulips which I knew Amelie would love.  These were a quick sew, mostly on the serger, but taking care to press constantly and topstitch.  I added a strip of ribbon again to the front waist interior where the pockets overlap to keep it nice and soft.

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

 Detail Shots:

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

Ami was so excited to head out and take pictures.  She loves to pose!  The pics below she was telling me a story about purple flowers and silver rocks.  She has such awesome facial expressions when she’s telling a story, complete with lots of hand gestures, she just cracks me up!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

KCW~Kid's Sewing Plans and First Makes!

Hoping the rest of my sewing goes as well this week.  This look was a big hit!  Happy Sewing!

 

Crossover Top & Flared Skirt-Monosewn

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I love the monthly challenges over at TMS, they’re great for charging up my creativity and making me think outside of my comfort zone. This month was a big challenge for me. July is Mono Sewn-sewing in black & white- over at The Monthly Stitch.  My vote for the month’s challenge was “Inspired By” so I wanted to incorporate that aspect into the look I made as well.

While I love to wear white I’ve really avoided wearing any black at all since moving to Florida. Living up north in NJ and NY it was my go to color-or lack thereof.  I had quite the monochromatic wardrobe going at one point in NYC, with a full array of LBD’s, but once I moved south that look just didn’t cut it.  I ditched a good portion of my wardrobe and started over.   My style changed drastically as I started wearing lots of white and lots of color.  The weather was a big factor as most of my look up north was about layering and staying warm, not something I ever have to worry about in SWFL.

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MonoSewn Sew Pomona

I wanted to create a complete look and started compiling my ideas on Pinterest, my board is linked below, and shows my fabrics, pattern and inspiration.  I waited for some good fabric deals and found some awesome prices on Marcy Tilton’s site.  If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan. Since I don’t wear this color combo often- and I was trying out new patterns- I didn’t want to spend as much.  The Vivian pin dot cotton was one of the Buy’s of the Week so I scooped up 2 yds and I fell in love with this cotton double gauze Black and White Check Japanese fabric and snagged a yard from the End Cut sale section on her site.  I love the color variation in the check and knew it would be perfect.

Marcy Tilton fabric for MonoSewn at TMS

 

Checked In Japanese Double Gauze

Vivian Pin Dot Cotton, Marcy Tilton

The top is self drafted based off of Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank.  I used the front bodice, shortening the bodice darts, redrawing the neckline and cutting off some length and then redrafted the back completely with a crossover piece.  I’ve made a similar style top for my little girl ages ago so this came together pretty easily.  I love the shape but I still need to work on the fit.  This was just a tad too big.  I originally was going to make it more cropped but decided  I wanted to maximise the fabric I had to really show it off.  I love the fade to grey and brushwork at the bottom.

I bound the whole piece with bias-and left an edge showing- cut from a black dress shirt my dad gave me after he tore out an elbow in it.  I saved all the button & buttonhole facings in strips, the collar and cuffs and cut the rest to use as bias. I love how the black really sets off the print.  What’s great is that this top actually pairs really well with my other makes.

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MonoSewn Sew Pomona

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

 

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

The skirt I adore!  It’s Burda 05/2012 Flared Skirt in a size 40.   I knew this was the one as soon as I saw the pattern pics- the flared skirt and the high waist is really flattering.  I’m really proud of this make too.  All my seams are french and I really took my time with the construction.  I love the welt pockets-especially in the contrast fabric- and the shape is divine with all the waist seams and darts.

For this make I used the same fabric from my top for the interior pockets and welts and the skirt button facing is the button down section of the dress shirt from my dad. My skirt ended up a tad too tight so I was so happy I had this to work with.  The skirt pattern actually calls for 2 and 3/8 yds but I only had 2 to work with.  Luckily my fabric was nice and wide so with some creative cutting I got everything on.  I followed the instructions which were ok until I got to the waistband.  They just weren’t making sense so I added my own facing to finish it off, cut to fit from the shirt material.

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The skirt is a bit sheer but easy to wear with a simple slip.  It’s so light and airy- I feel like it just floats!  Perfect for spinning & dancing with the kids.

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I’m already thinking about making another with my shibori shell wrapped fabric.  I think the heavier fabric will work even better.  Next time around the only change I’ll make is to widen the pockets by at least 2 inches.  I had already added a few inches to the depth but they are still just too skinny.  I can fit my hands but just barely.  That should also help to make the skirt a little looser in the waist which is just a smidge too tight.

MonoSewn Sew Pomona

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Love this look!  It looks fabulous with the black halter I wore in the later pics too.  My sis gave me this top from White House Black Market that fits like a glove-so comfy and supportive.   I’ve been meaning to make a copy of it since I love the shape.  I never thought it would get worn but it’s perfect with this skirt. Glad this challenge got me to try something new :)

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/flared-skirt-052012

Summer Sewing Plans

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It’s been a busy summer with both kids home all day and tons of family visiting.  I’m a bit amazed by how much sewing I’ve accomplished lately!  I thought I better plan out my makes for the rest of the summer  since my fabric and pattern stash has grown quite a bit lately.  The weather tends to stay warm here until way past December so I’ll be wearing these looks almost all year-long.  Hopefully this list will help keep me organized!

  • Marcy Tilton Shingle Dress V8904 using Bobby Blues Knit.  I made this for the 4th of July, pics coming soon!  Best dress ever!  So comfy-plus I made it breastfeeding friendly :)

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Bobby Blues Stripe Knit

  • A look for July’s MonoSewn Challenge over at The Monthly Stitch using  two fabrics  from Marcy Tilton, but I’m not decided on a pattern yet.

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Vivian Pin Dot Cotton

 

  • Lekala Summer Pants 4024 (I won 5 awesome patterns from TMS and Lekala for the Franken Indie contest.) Making these out of the coolest sheer print curtain(all cut out!) possibly for Oonapalooza?

 

Lekala 4024

Sheer Curtain

Sheer curtain

  • A rashguard and swim skirt/shorts with Lekala 4199 using Rockywoods UPF 50 White & Heather Turquoise.

Lekala 4199

Sunscreen50 Heather Turquoise

 

  •  Swim makes for the kids, using some of the fabrics above plus A skull print for Nigel’s board shorts from The Fabric Fairy and Sunscreen50 in Heather Fuchsia for a tankini/rashy for Ami.

 

  • Sunscreen50 Heather FuchsiaFabric fairy Skull Print boardshort material
  • Finish off my Burda 5/2011 Drawstring pants (I’m making them wide legs, earlier version here) with Vanilla Stripe Linen from Marcy Tilton.

Vanilla Stripe Linen

 

  • Make something with my Shibori Shell Wrapped Fabric dyed in madder and overdyed in hibiscus and henna.  Some pattern options are shown below, Colette Hawthorn (first make here), Lekala 5899 & V1883 Donna Karan wrap dress.  I’d love a second opinion so please comment on which pattern you like best- or another pattern you think would look cool with this fabric!

Colette Hawthorn

Lekala 5899

V1384 Donna Karan

 

  • Yoga pants for Ami & me using Jalie 3022 and a knit dress using Salme 131. ( I won both patterns from TMS, Salme and Pattern Postie for the Dresses contest!)  I need to buy some more knits :)

Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants

 

Salme 151 V-Neck Cap Sleeve Dress

 

Below you’ll find my Spring/Summer Sewing Pinterest Board.  Follow me on Pinterest to see more :)  Happy Summer Sewing!

Chambray & Linen

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This look all started with the fabric. I bought this amazing striped Chambray (sadly out of stock) and Vanilla Striped Linen(below) from Marcy Tilton that was part of my Mother’s Day gift from my husband and the kids. I love her fabric selection, so many amazing fabrics and some great weekly deals!   I was originally planning on making some Capri’s with the chambray, but I decided I wanted to make something that would really show off the fabric to its best advantage.  I went with one of my favorite patterns, the Flared Wave Skirt from Shape Shape.

I love the way this pattern is shaped to curve around the body.  You can turn it to wear in many positions to see a slightly different direction of the grain.  I made this second version in a size large(you can view my first make here) with a simple enclosed button panel and a metal tab to keep it secure at the waist.  I actually had to cut my fabric in two pieces to make this work as my yardage was not quite wide enough to fit the full pattern.  I kept the seam as unobtrusive as possible with just a serged seam and used a flat felled seam for the main seam with the button placket.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

So glad I made up this skirt pattern again since both skirts get tons of wear.  I love how both these pieces mix and match in my wardrobe (thanks to my wardrobe architect planning!) which is primarily blue and white with accents of coral, pink and lavender.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

The top is Burda Square Neck Tank 131 in a straight size 40.  It’s a very simple strap tank with a contrast bottom band.  I had just enough chambray left for the contrast and straps to add to my white & tan linen.  The linen was left over from my second version of Burda’s drawstring Pants (not quite finished yet)  that I’m altering to add the width and shape of my favorite linen RTW pants.  I love that the top matches with both bottom’s and will mix and match with the rest of my outfits-It looks fabulous with my Navy Linen Capri’s too!  The only alteration I made was with the straps.  I cut them as one piece each and changed the placement in the back.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

I also lined the main body of the top with the remnants of my organic double gauze  to keep the front of the blouse from being too sheer.

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Here I’m wearing my full Shape Shape look, with my flared wave chambray skirt + my white linen sleeveless scarf blouse.  I love these two pieces together.  So elegant and simple!

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

One of my favorite looks for the summer-plus so comfortable and easy to wear!  Happy Sewing!

Chambray & Linen, Sew Pomona

Vote for me-Deer & Doe Fan Girl

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It’s time for one last round of voting before Indie Pattern Month ends over at The Monthly Stitch!  And this is the ultimate contest for the month-Indie Fan Girl, where we made full on fan girl outfits out of our favorite Indie pattern designers collections.  My pick was Deer and Doe, a french pattern company with beautiful designs and a wonderful aesthetic.  Check out the full post for my Deer & Doe Fangirl look here!

Deer & Doe Fangirl- Centauree & Plantain

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Head over to The Monthly Stitch to cast your vote by clicking the button below.  Everyone gets one chance to vote before midnight July 5th (UTC), but you get to pick your top 3 favorites!  So head on over and check out all the amazing looks!

 

Time for me to start planning out next month’s challenge, MonoSewn!  Check out my pinterest inspiration board and let me know which look you like best!

Thanks for taking the time to vote!  And thanks so much to everyone who voted for my swimsuit in the last competition- Franken-Indie.  So excited to be one of the lucky winners-there were some amazing entries!  I love the 5 patterns I chose from Lekala as my prize, can’t wait to try them out!